The Skin of Our Teeth

Definition

Theater

  • An idiosyncratic comedy by Thornton Wilder, firstproduced on Broadway in 1942 with Tallulah Bankhead in the leadingrole. The play, which won a Pulitzer Prize, tells the story of mankindthrough the fortunes of one family, the Antrobus's. Mr and Mrs Antrobussurvive the Ice Age by burning furniture and relive the Adam and Evestory: Mr Antrobus is made President of the Order of Mammals and inventsthe wheel. The conclusion is that mankind has always managed to pullthrough by the skin of its teeth.

    The London opening on 18 May 1945, starring Vivien Leigh,was also memorable as the night Laurence Olivier punched the TheSunday Times's critic James Agate.

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